Pope Benedict encourages Lectio Divina
To commemorate the
40th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Dei Verbum,
some 400 participants gathered in Rome to evaluate the progress made in the
biblical apostolate and discuss its future orientation.
Pope Benedict in his
address to the participants on Sept. 16, 2005 encouraged the practice of Lectio
Divina with these words:
“…I would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of "Lectio divina": "the diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart" (cf. "Dei Verbum," n. 25). If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church -- I am convinced of it -- a new spiritual springtime.
As a strong point of biblical ministry, "Lectio divina" should therefore be increasingly encouraged, also through the use of new methods, carefully thought through and in step with the times. It should never be forgotten that the Word of God is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (cf. Psalm 119).”